First Lady Melania Trump attended Ford’s Theatre this evening as Honorary Chair of tonight’s annual gala in tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln.

The First Lady delivered remarks at the end of the night’s performances thanking Ford’s Theatre and the performers for a wonderful evening.  She also congratulated the recipients of this year’s Lincoln Medal – an annual award given to people who have exemplified the legacy of President Lincoln through their achievements and bodies of work.

“I was honored to be part of such a special evening,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “Tonight reminds all of us about the power the arts have in cultivating the American voice.   Thank you to Ford’s Theatre Society for tonight, and your continued dedication to education and leadership in the arts—the impact they have on society is invaluable and something we will continue to cherish throughout time.”